Thursday, 11:50–1:15, May 10
Instructor: Peter Ansoff
Historians of the American flag have long been puzzled by an engraving of the Philadelphia waterfront made in 1754. It depicts a ship at anchor in the Delaware River, flying a flag that resembles the “Continental Colors” or “Grand Union” flag of the American Revolutionary War navy. But that flag, and the Continental Navy itself, were not created until 1775, when the Americans began their struggle for independence. What was the flag doing in Philadelphia 21 years earlier? This course will propose a surprising answer with events on three continents, including some maritime history, some art history, and even an excursion into the history of beer.
See R975 for instructor information.